Three days ago, The Raconteurs confirmed that they finally finished their long-anticipated third album. This album, yet to be titled, will be the band’s first LP since 2008’s ‘Consolers Of The Lonely’. Their debut, ‘Broken Boy Soldiers’, was released two years earlier in 2006. Last year, the four-four-piece announced that they were planning a new record after releasing singles, ‘Sunday Driver’ and ‘Now That You’re Gone’. The band, consisting of members Jack White, Brendon Benson, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler, were last active in 2011.
Co-founder and White Stripes archivist, Ben Blackwell, recently uncovered a never-heard-before tape of Jack White covering Blondie. Blackwell stated that White worked as a session engineer for a band called 400 Pounds of Punk in the 90’s while they were recording a cassette called, ‘He Once Ate A Small Child’. The completely undocumented release of the cassette that Blackwell found in his basement included a cover of White singing of ‘One Way or Another’ and is said to be the rarest physical release of a Jack White performance. Amazon also recently released White’s new documentary, ‘Jack White: Kneeling At The Anthem D.C. and was accompanied by a live EP that included recordings from White’s performance in Washington. The film features unseen live footage and scenes of the artist exploring the city.
Since Jack White’s song, ‘Corporation’ has dropped back in March, the wait on the release of the video is finally over. The visual was premiered on July 16th. Set in rural America, the video kicks off with detectives investigating a homicide in a palatial country house as the camera then focusses on a cold and lifeless White who have been mysteriously murdered. The track is taken from White’s third solo album, ‘Boarding House Reach’. The eerie video is available for viewing on Tidal. The artist is currently in the middle of his world tour and will continue in North America and Europe through October. Check out a preview for the video as well as White’s tour dates, below.
JACK WHITE – LIVE 2018
August 5: Lollapalooza – Chicago, IL *
August 6: The Armory – Minneapolis, MN (SOLD OUT)
August 8: 1st Bank Center – Broomfield, CO (SOLD OUT)
August 9: SaltAir – Salt Lake City, UT
August 11: Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Portland, OR
August 12: Rogers Arena – Vancouver, BC
August 13: WaMu Theater – Seattle, WA (SOLD OUT)
August 15: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium – San Francisco, CA (SOLD OUT)
August 16: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium – San Francisco, CA
August 18: Rabobank Theater – Bakersfield, CA
August 19: Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, CA (SOLD OUT)
August 21: Viejas Arena – San Diego, CA
August 22: Comerica Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
August 23: The Chelsea @ The Cosmopolitan – Las Vegas, NV (SOLD OUT)
August 24: The Chelsea @ The Cosmopolitan – Las Vegas, NV
September 15: Municipal Auditorium – Shreveport, LA
September 17: OneOK Field – Tulsa, OK
September 18: Lonestar Amphitheater – Lubbock, TX
September 19: El Paso County Coliseum – El Paso, TX
September 21: Las Vegas, NV – iHeartRadio Music Festival *
September 22: Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival – Franklin, TN *
October 1: Adrenaline Stadium – Moscow, Russia
October 3: Palladium Riga – Riga, Latvia (SOLD OUT)
October 4: Siemens Arena – Vilnius, Lithuania
October 6: Gdynia Arena – Gdynia, Poland
October 7: MTP2 – Poznan, Poland
October 9: Torwar – Warsaw, Poland
October 10: Tauron Arena Kraków – Kraków, Poland
October 12: Verti Music Hall – Berlin, Germany
October 13: Zenith – Munich, Germany
October 14: Warsteiner Music Hall – Dortmund, Germany
October 16: Brighton Centre – Brighton, UK
October 17: Birmingham Academy – Birmingham, UK
October 18: Hull Venue – Hull, UK
October 20: Liverpool Space By Echo Arena – Liverpool, UK
October 21: Usher Hall – Edinburgh, UK
The Third Man Rocker released his third solo album, ‘Boarding House Reach’, on March 23rd this year. The full-length album consists of 13 tracks and is a follow-up to 2014’s Lazaretto. The artist initially started with the album in Tennessee, but eventually recorded and produced in well-known studios; Sear Sound, New York, Capitol, Los Angeles and his own studio in Nashville.
White recruited a whole new group of musicians and also finally gave and started using Pro Tools during sessions.
Session musicians included;
Drummers: Louis Cato, Daru Jones, and Carla Azar
Bassists: Charlotte Kemp Muhl and NeonPhoenix
Synth players: DJ Harrison and Anthony “Brew” Brewster
Keyboardists: Neal Evans and Quincy McCrary
Percussionists: Bobby Allende and Justin Poree
Some of the songs on the album date back many years. “Ice Station Zebra” was originally written for a collaborative album with JAY-Z and “Over and Over and Over” for The White Stripes. “Connected By Love” and “Corporation” also fall under the early singles of White’s new album.
White forges elements of hip-hop, country, jazz, electronic music, gospel, high-voltage blues, cross-pollinated rock, and robo and psychedelic funk into his tracks. It is an invigorating album, a definite must-listen. Some may even describe it as wack, but after two decades of committing himself to vinyl, the possibilities for Jack White seem endless.